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Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings, and Funerals

Baptism: 

“Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body, the Church.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 298).  Children or adult members of Emmanuel may be baptized. For more information, please contact the Church.

Holy Communion:

While we as a parish are in the process of blending into one faith community individuals who come to us from several different faith communities, on an annual basis, probably some time during the month of May, we will offer a special celebration for those children who would like to celebrate receiving Holy Communion for the first time. Please contact Toni, our Director of Spiritual Faith Formation for Children and Youth if you have a child who is ready to celebrate this special sacrament. Please remember that in the Episcopal church we welcome all baptized individuals to the altar to receive Holy Communion - but we also recognize that there may be circumstances which have resulted in a child not yet receiving the Body & Blood of Christ, and we want to make this opportunity possible. Please let us know how we can be of service to you.

Confirmation: 

Confirmation is defined as a "mature public affirmation" of faith.  (Book of Common Prayer, p. 412.)  For those baptized as infants or young children, it serves to confirm the vows that were made at the baptism. For adults growing in their faith journey, confirmation recognizes a maturing faith. Emmanuel provides youth and adults who wish to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church class instruction for the preparation for this sacrament. The bishop alone administers this sacrament. For more information, please contact the Toni.

 Weddings: 

Parisioners and nonparishioners may get married at Emmanuel. The clergy are willing to counsel with those who are not members of the parish. Please contact the Church for more information. 

Funeral and Memorial Services: 

Clergy help parishioners who wish to discuss arrangements for their own services or services for their loved ones. It is best to make arrangements for a funeral or a memorial service with a member of the Clergy as early as possible or as soon as the death occurs. Contact Chuck for further information.

A Guide to Planning a Funeral or a Memorial Service in the Episcopal Church. You may use this booklet to plan your own funeral or to assist a loved one as he or she approaches the end of his or her life.